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John Mellencamp- Scarecrow 35th Anniversary

John Mellencamp's "Scarecrow"  album released in August 1985 was loaded with hits, including "Small Town","Lonely Ol' Night", and "R.O.C.K. in the USA".  His list of Top 20 hit songs is extensive enough to require the double-disc "Words and Music"  compilation, but it was the album tracks starting with Scarecrow's   "Minutes to Memories", worthy of inclusion in the great Paul Simon songbook, which revealed his songcraft to me.

John Mellencamp- Scarecrow 35th Anniversary 8-3

After delivering a hit album "Uh Huh" in 1983 containing an important song,"Pink Houses", in August 1985 John Mellencamp proved that he could continue the streak of mass popularity even while upping his game with more timely, socially-aware songwriting on "Scarecrow". John Mellencamp joins me here In the Studio  on "Scarecrow" 's thirty-fifth anniversary the week of August 3.

John Mellencamp- Pink Houses- Dallas 10-91

Here is John Mellencamp's live acoustic performance of  "Pink Houses" on my Dallas/ Ft.Worth Q102 radio show 10-1-91 with Mike Wanchic on acoustic guitar & harmonies and the great Kenny Aronoff on tambourine. It came out so good that John…

John Mellencamp- Uh Huh 35th Anniversary

" I think Uh Huh  is me finally figuring out what it is that I do," John Mellencamp sums up his first fully realized album here on its thirty-fifth anniversary. "Took me a long time, didn't it? Like, five albums or something," he chuckles.…

John Mellencamp- Authority Song- garage Dec 1991

I spent part of my Christmas holiday 1991 in an A-frame cabin with a wood burning stove in the still, snow-covered woods among the hills and "hollers" of Central Indiana's Brown County. But we weren't there for skiing or even simply to chill…